Verto offers the only international, academic travel experience that partners with colleges to give full class credit so students graduate in four years.

Meaningful Academics

Verto Education's Mission:

Our mission is to provide an affordable and innovative way for students to incorporate travel into their four year college experience. Spending a few months abroad before diving into the typical college grind allows students to show up on campus rejuvenated with a better understanding of themselves and what they want to do with their lives.

Do it correctly

Verto Education's Values:

Verto Education was founded to make travel the path of least resistance to a college education (and degree). We believe in inclusion, transparency, access, equity and, above all, the power of travel to foster empathy and kindness across cultures.

How it works

What Verto Education Offers:

 An affordable, accredited overseas academic program for a half or full year.

An affordable, accredited overseas academic program for a half or full year. Verto was designed to give students the opportunity to see new countries while graduating in four years at the same cost, if not less, than your typical semester of college. Our programs were intentionally designed to set students up for success at college.

 Guaranteed admission to a top Verto partner college

When students are accepted to Verto, they're automatically accepted to at least one of Verto's partner colleges. Students apply to the Verto program and partner colleges and universities simultaneously through a single common application. Accepted students are given a slot in the second semester freshman year or first semester sophomore year based on their preference.

 A well-rounded international experience focused on personal growth

Programs are designed to foster self-discovery through journaling, mindfulness training, mentorship, service learning programs and a homestay experience. Weekly structured reflection which gives students a sense of who they are and want they want from their university career.

Get to Know Our Team

Our Team

Verto was founded by a team of passionate travelers and educators

Our team's goal is to revolutionize higher education and make international experiences a core part of the college experience. With a collective 50+ years in international education, we understand how important and impactful traveling is to learning more about yourself and the world around you.

Mitch Gordon - CEO and Co-founder at Verto Education

Mitch Gordon

CEO & Co-founder

Mitch Gordon is the CEO/ Co-founder of Verto Education and the former Entrepreneur in Residence at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Mitch is an entrepreneur, starting a number of companies in the field of travel & education.

He believes passionately in Verto’s mission: To change the world of higher education and put students first. His previous company, Go Overseas, with 1 million+ monthly visitors, is the most trusted resource for researching international education programs around the world.

Mitch is a frequent presenter in the areas of entrepreneurship, travel and international education. Mitch previously lived in Taipei, Taiwan for 5 years and currently resides in San Francisco. He completed his BS at Binghamton University and his MBA at UC Berkeley. When he’s not working you can find Mitch on a run, hiking, traveling or reading.

Ben Welbourn - COO at Verto Education

Ben Welbourn


Ben is the COO of Verto Education and an alum of a self-designed gap year, during which he hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, worked in a variety of industries, taught English in rural Peru, and led outdoor education programs in New Hampshire and Maine.

Ben went on to earn his degree in international relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Before joining the field of experiential education, he taught at a primarily Dominican-American school outside of Boston. Ben has since overseen international program development, student outreach and recruitment, and business development for a number of student travel organizations including Rustic Pathways and Winterline Global Education.

Ben spends equal parts of his free time exploring New York City, and escaping to the woods with his wife and dog.

Mallory Meiser - Program Director at Verto Education

Mallory Meiser

Program Director

Mallory is the Program Director for Verto Education. She has a MA in Global Media and Transnational Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London and has spent her entire professional career in the field of International Education.

Prior to joining Verto, Mallory worked at Go Overseas as Director of Strategy, collaborating with volunteer, intern, language, gap year and high school programs all over the world to help empower more people to spend meaningful time abroad.

Mallory has volunteered abroad with IVHQ and GVI, worked for Global Experiences, studied abroad in Leeds and worked with dozens of programs abroad including Maximo Nivel, Jakera, Tico Lingo, Rustic Pathways and Intercultura. She is an avid ultimate frisbee player and wanna be foodie who always has a book on her.

Program Leaders & Faculty

Program Leaders & Faculty

Our program leaders and teachers are the heart & soul of Verto Education.

They spend the entire semester with students facilitating daily activities and helping them to bridge their fieldwork to their coursework.

jacqueline Broussard - Program Leader and Instructor at Verto Education

Jacqueline Broussard

Program Leader & Professor

With a BA in International Relations and Spanish and an MBA in International Business, Jackie spent the early part of her career working and living in Latin America. Jackie’s first time traveling abroad was to study in Spain as a junior in college. Whether teaching marginalized youth in Guatemala, advocating for newcomers to the U.S. or mentoring high school students to become social entrepreneurs and leaders, she believes that the most profound challenges of our times can be overcome by building cross-cultural bridges.

Brian Burger - Program Leader at Verto Education

Brian Burger

Program Leader

Brian Burger is an educator with a passion for travel and the outdoors. Brian is the oldest of six and was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Since graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in political science and Spanish, he has worked predominantly abroad, teaching history and Spanish for a traveling high school and leading student travel programs. He currently calls the Columbia River Gorge home and is excited to explore and learn in Costa Rica and the DR this fall!

Matthew Yam - Verto Social Media and Journalist

Matthew Yam

Journalist In-Residence & Social Media Manager

Matt graduated from Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, CA and will be studying business management and communications at Tulane University after his gap year. He served as a Sports Editor for Harvard-Westlake’s nationally-recognized publication, The Chronicle, where he won an honorable mention from the National Scholastic Press Association. He shares his love for writing and connecting with people through journalism.

Karen Straight, Ph.D. - Professor at Verto Education

Karen Straight, Ph.D.


Karen is an adjunct faculty member for Verto Education. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Passionately committed to the value of intercultural exchange and experiential education, Karen has taken students abroad to study health, community, and development in India, China, South Africa, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic. With more than 20 years’ experience teaching at the college level in sociology and anthropology departments, Karen takes an interdisciplinary approach to instruction.

Delia Steverson, Ph.D. - Professor at Verto Education

Delia Steverson, Ph.D.


Delia Steverson is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at the University of Florida, where she frequently offers courses at the intersections of race, gender, class, and (dis)ability, as well as rhetoric and composition. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Delia completed both her MA and PhD in English Literature at the University of Alabama. Delia has taught middle school Language Arts in the Dominican Republic.

Verto's Admissions Team


Meet our real life superheroes who are traveling the US with a mission to change Higher Education.

They are here to make sure all your questions are answered, no matter how big or small.

Interested in meeting with an Admissions Team member or inviting them to your school? Email

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Bailey Connor

Admissions Representative
Southern California

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Xavier Ortiz

Admissions Representative
New England

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Deanna Mayer

Admissions Representative
Northern California

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Leah Sharaby

Admissions Representative
Pacific Northwest

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Robyn Robb

Admissions Representative

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Layni Pistone

Admissions Representative

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Zach Kuiland

Admissions Representative
New York

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Kate Beattie

Admissions Representative

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Josh Sadagursky

Admissions Representative
Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Marni Naleway

Admissions Director

Admissions Representative at Verto Education

Toni Wheatle

Admissions Representative

Verto's Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board guides Verto on its initiatives for student services, equity, inclusion, and access, curriculum, partnerships, and student recruitment..

Verto’s Advisory Board members were each selected for their demonstrated commitment to college access, their leadership in the field, and their expertise in educational advising.

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Nicole Cote-Crosskill

Director of School Counseling
Fryeburg Academy

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Liz Le

Director of Student Services & Lead Registrar, Fusion Academy

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Kelli Cannon

Director of Instructional Effectiveness, Aspire Public Schools

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Jeff McAdam

Director of College Counseling, Kents Hill School

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Debbie Rosen

The StudyPro

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Danielle Jakob

Associate Director of College Counseling, United Nations International School

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Blair Parker

Upper School Dean & College Counselor, Riverdale Country School

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Arun Ponnusamy

Managing Partner & Chief Academic Officer, Collegewise

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Alex Steinert-Evoy

Independent Educational Consultant

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Suzanne Crossman

Director of Transition and Guidance, Landmark School

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Beverly Low

Director of Guidance & College Counseling, Manchester Essex Regional School District

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Sarah Persha

PARC Director, Pacia Academic Resource Continuum

Advisory Board at Verto Education

Allison Matlack

Director, Matlack Educational Consulting

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